How to Mow Bermuda Grass


Common bermudagrass (C. dactylon) is a popular turfgrass, valued for its drought resistance and its ability to thrive in a variety of soils. Because bermudagrass is a warm-season grass, it does best when planted in full sun and will discolor when temperatures drop beneath 50 degrees F. Agriculturists with Texas A&M University suggest that reel mowers, with five or six blades, work best when mowing bermudagrass.

Step 1

Set your mower to 1/2 inch for the first mowing of the season. This will generally occur in mid-March. Your aim is to remove as much of the brown top growth as possible. Bag the clippings.

Step 2

Set the mower for 2 inches if you are growing common bermudagrass and 1 inch for hybrid grass for subsequent mowings. This should be done once the grass has turned green.

Step 3

Change the direction in which you mow the bermudagrass every two weeks. Mow from east to west for two weeks and change to a north-to-south direction for two weeks.

Step 4

Bag the lawn clippings every other time you mow. Bermudagrass enjoys the mulch from clippings left on the lawn occasionally.

Things You'll Need

  • Mower


  • Texas A&M University: Bermudagrass
  • Bermuda Grass Lawns: How to Mow Bermuda Grass Lawns
  • American-Lawns: Bermuda
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